Monthly Archives: May 2018

Free Library Continuing Education Events for June

site logoThe June 2018 Wyoming State Library training calendar is now available with 76 live offerings and five to watch “At Your Leisure.” Every training opportunity on this list is free and offered online. Topics include advocacy, planning, careers, children and teens, collection development, communication, databases, managing change, fundraising, legal, management, outreach and partnerships, programming, readers’ advisory, reference, school libraries, technology, training and instruction, and volunteers.

View, download, or subscribe to the calendar at

Events this week:

Friday, June 1 (12-1 pm)
Three Steps to Thriving in Chaos (Effectiveness Institute)
The turbulence of current events increases stress, drains energy and reduces productivity. In this webinar you’ll learn three essential steps for not only surviving but thriving in the chaos.

Natrona County Library Makerspace Opens

From Natrona County Library

The old movie area is getting a new purpose. The glass room on the east end of the main floor is being transformed into a Creation Station: a makerspace where our community can gather to create, innovate, and explore. New flooring, paint, and furniture have been added while additional equipment and supplies are being purchased for the space. And it all rolled out May 29.

You might ask, what exactly is a makerspace? It’s a place where people with shared ideas and interests can gather to work on projects while sharing equipment and knowledge. If you put a wood shop, a metal shop, a computer lab, arts and crafts, electronics, and a bunch of tools all under one roof, you’d have a makerspace.

A perfect example of the many ways our community can work together, the Creation Station will be a flexible workspace for individuals and small groups to share STEAM-related (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) supplies and equipment to bring their inventions and creations to life. In addition, the space will be used to enhance and expand the Library’s existing programs for all ages with hands-on STEAM-related workshops and projects to support learning, inspire creativity, and nurture opportunities for the next entrepreneur, inventor, or artist to emerge.

Just some of the many pieces of software and equipment that will be free and open to the public include Adobe Creative Cloud, Carvey 3D carver, Cricut Maker, laminator, sewing machine, serger, and embroidery machine. Kids will have access to a variety of STEAM-related toys and equipment such as a Q-Ba Maze, Cubelets, Snap Circuits, Think and Learn Code-a-Pillar, and LEGOs.

Some current programs such as the Adult Coloring Club will be held in the Creation Station while new programs like “Meeting the Sewing Machine and Serger,” “Meet the Embroidery Machine,” “Meet the Carvey,” and “Meet the Cricut Maker” will introduce the public to the exciting, free-to-use equipment.

And it gets better. Rolling out in September, the Glowforge—a wireless computer numerical control laser cutter engraver—uses laser cutter and engraver technology to shape wood, leather, felt, fabric, acrylic, paper, and more. The Glowforge is the opposite of a 3D printer. It uses subtractive manufacturing while traditional 3D printers use additive manufacturing. A 3D printer builds up material, like plastic filament, layer by layer. With Glowforge, users put a piece of material like leather, wood, or acrylic in the machine, and it carves out a product using laser light. In addition to being compatible with dozens of types of design software, users can select designs from the Glowforge catalog or draw directly on the material, where the Glowforge can scan it.

To learn more about the Creation Station, including hours of operation, the cost of materials, upcoming programs, policies, FAQs, and equipment information and availability, please visit

The Creation Station was made possible with funding from the Natrona County Library Foundation, Friends of the Natrona County Library, Kelley Foundation, Wyoming Community Foundation’s McMurry Library Endowment, Ruth R. Ellbogen Foundation, Rocky Mountain Power Foundation, and Hooks, Stitch, and Tea.

The Library’s Creation Station opened May 29. A grand opening ceremony and public demonstration will be held mid-June. The staff would like to extend their gratitude and thankfulness to Blakeman Vacuum and Sewing for providing training.

Betsy O’Neil is the adult services manager and Nathan McGregor is the marketing and public relations manager at the library.

Library News in Brief

USPTO National Summer Teacher Institute Focus on Intellectual Property
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will conduct its 5th Annual National Summer Teacher Institute on Innovation, STEM, and Intellectual Property July 29-August 3, 2018 in Tampa, Florida. The central focus of this year’s Institute is on the creation and protection of intellectual property, which will be modeled as both a teaching and learning platform to help inspire and motivate student achievement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, computer science, and other fields of study such as innovation and entrepreneurship. Apply by June 8.

Public Innovators Lab for Libraries to be Held October 9-11
The American Library Association (ALA) and The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation announce a three-day training opportunity to help libraries strengthen their role as agents of positive change in their communities. The Public Innovators Lab for Libraries will be held Oct. 9 to 11, 2018, in St. Louis, Missouri. Librarians, community partners and stakeholders in libraries of all types — public, academic, school and special libraries — are invited to attend. Participants must register online by Friday, Sept. 28. The cost is $995 per person, and team participation is encouraged.

IMLS Releases FY16 Public Library Statistics
The Institute of Museum and Library Services has released the latest data from its 2016 Public Libraries Survey. The Public Libraries Survey examines key indicators of public library use, financial health, staffing, and resources. The data are collected from approximately 9,000 public library systems comprised of over 17,000 individual main libraries, library branches, and bookmobiles in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. For Wyoming statistics, see our statistics page, or contact Thomas Ivie, WSL Research & Statistics Librarian, at or (307) 777-6330.

Libraries Celebrate June as GLBT Book Month™
The American Library Association (ALA) and hundreds of libraries will celebrate June 2018 as GLBT Book Month™, a nationwide celebration of the authors and writings that reflect the GLBT experience. GLBT Book Month™ is held annually in June and honors the authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community.  GLBT Book Month™ is coordinated through the ALA’s Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table.

Host a Community Screening of NOVA’s Decoding the Weather Machine
On April 18, NOVA aired its newest climate change documentary, Decoding the Weather Machine, and you can bring a screening to your school or library. NOVA will provide local partners with a free DVD of Decoding the Weather Machine and a screening guide for planning the event. It will include more information about climate science, as well as sample discussion questions and panel formats to inspire community conversations once the film is over. Contact Outreach Coordinator Gina Varamo with any questions at

White Paper Examines Eliminating Fees on Children’s Materials
Whether to charge fines is an oft-debated topic in libraries. The Colorado State Library issued a white paper in 2016, Removing barriers to access : eliminating library fines and fees on children’s materials. Their conclusion from their research was that libraries should eliminate fines and reconsider fees for lost or damaged items, on children’s materials.

AASL Position Papers on School Libraries and Librarians
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) offers a number of position papers addressing issues such as the definition and role of an effective school library program, appropriate staffing, and the preparation and instructional role of school librarians.

Selection & Reconsideration Policy Toolkit for Public, School, & Academic Libraries
Every library should have a policy guiding the selection, deselection or weeding, and reconsideration of library resources. This toolkit from the American Library Association (ALA) has sample policies to guide you through updating or creating these policies. It includes an appendix an appendix with core intellectual freedom documents and additional resources.

Surveys and Questionnaires: A Short Course for Library Staff
The Montana State Library has a three part mini-course on creating surveys on its Vimeo channel. View the archives of Part 1: “To Survey or not to Survey,” Part 2: “Good Questions/Poor Questions,” and Part 3: “Measuring Up.”

The 5 Early Literacy Practices: PLAY
From Pamela Mejia de Rodriguez at Colorado Virtual Library: “Play has been called ‘the work of children’ and for good reason! It is through play that children learn to interact in their environment, discover their interests, and acquire speech, language, new vocabulary, and cognitive, motor, and social-emotional skills (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2007) –  so we can say that play is not just a game. Play is a learning process!” Learn more in the full post, one in a series about the five literacy practices of sing, play, read, talk,  and write.

Wyoming Library Association Call for Nominees

The Wyoming Library Association is seeking nominations for two positions to be elected at its conference August 1-3, 2018:

  • Vice President/President-Elect – serves three years: one year as Vice President, one as President and one as Past President
  • American Library Association representative – serves a three-year term

To learn more about the requirements for each position, see the:

Deadline for nominations is June 28, 2018. You may nominate yourself or suggest names for the committee. Questions or nominations may go to Susan Mark at or (307) 777-5915, or Richard Landreth at


LCCC Ludden Library Undergoing Renovation

Laramie County Community College’s Ludden Library is undergoing a major renovation. Library services have relocated to the College Community Center, as has the Learning Commons (Writing & Communication Center and Student Success Center). Demolition begins June 1. Most staff members will be working out of interim office locations.

While construction is going on, the majority of the physical collection, study rooms, and quiet study area will be unavailable. The library will, however, maintain regular hours & staffing and offer computers, a small physical collection, reserve materials, seating, limited study spaces and individual carrels, increased interlibrary loan, and an indoor book return.

The Learning Commons will also have its regular hours and appointments, and have available computers, seating, white boards, and anatomy models.

The Ludden Library is slated to move into its newly renovated space in December 2018 with its Grand Opening in January 2019.

Free Continuing Education Events for May 29-31

Free, online, continuing education events for this week of from the Wyoming State Library Training Calendar. You can subscribe and view the events in your calendar software, or you can find all the events at

All times MDT

Tuesday, May 29 (10-11am)
Managing Change With Emotional Intelligence (Training Magazine Network)
Join Marjorie Derven in this interactive webcast to explore how emotional intelligence (EQ) can help us lead others so they can best manage the inevitable stressors to take charge of change for organizational progress.  Leveraging EQ is essential to manage our own biases and enhance the use of self as an instrument of change.

Tuesday, May 29 (12-1 pm)
How to Grow Your Organization by Getting Lots and Lots of Traffic to Your Website (Wild Apricot)
Every single day people are joining organizations because they stumble across them while searching for something online. If you want to tap into this powerful growth channel, I strongly encourage you to join our webinar on May 29 with our resident nonprofit tech expert, Terry Ibele. In this webinar, Terry will show you how to attract new members, volunteers, and donors by getting your website pages to the top of Google’s search results.

Tuesday, May 29 (1-2 pm)
Taking Community Partnerships to the Next Level (WebJunction)
Community partnerships have the power to meet your library’s strategic goals, expand your reach and amplify what’s great in your community. You already pursue partnerships, but you can take them to the next level, or beyond! Help your community achieve its aspirations by creating partnerships built on solid relationships, mutual respect and SMART goals. Learn from the successes, failures and lessons of real-world examples. You will forge stronger community-led libraries where goals and values are aligned, and collaboration leads to innovation.

Wednesday, May 30 (9-10 am)
Works in Progress Webinar: Sharing Special Collections Materials via Resource Sharing (OCLC Research)
Libraries involved in SHARES, the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA), and the Ivy Plus Libraries will share freely available tools and implemented programs to facilitate the sharing of rare, and often deeply needed, items.

Wednesday, May 30 (11-12 pm)
7 Steps for Getting Started in Major Gifts (Even in Small Shops) (Charity How To)
If you wish you could be raising big gifts for your organization but you don’t know where to start, then this webinar is for you! Join us to learn 7 basic steps for connecting your organization to individuals with the capacity to make a significant gift.

Wednesday, May 30 (12-1 pm)
STEAM & PBL: Educators and Students Get Future-Ready (Education Week)
This webinar will look at the intersection of STEAM and project-based learning. We’ll explore how the standards of multiple disciplines connect to strengthen cross-curricular learning. We’ll investigate the processes of inquiry and problem-solving. You’ll learn about successes in fostering “the four C’s” and opening the door for student voice and agency. Our educator panel will showcase their classroom-tested approaches to creativity, design thinking, and the four integrated steps of IDEA: identify, define, explore, and assess. The creative economy is the future. Prepare your students to thrive.

Wednesday, May 30 (12-1 pm)
Introduction to Finding Grants (GrantSpace)
Are you new to the field of grantseeking? Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders.

Wednesday, May 30 (1-2 pm)
Healthy Aging – Promoting Healthy Living in Older Adults through Quality Health Information (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This webinar focuses on seniors and their use and access to Quality Health Information. Resources from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and NLM’s MedlinePlus will be highlighted.

Thursday, May 31 (11-12 pm)
The Whys and Ways of Assertiveness at Work (Charity Village)
Do you find it challenging to promote yourself, your views, and your opinions? Do you feel uncomfortable and/or hesitate to speak up, especially on issues that you perceive might involve differences of opinion and maybe conflict? Do you find yourself frequently saying yes when you’d rather say no? If these questions resonate, then our free webinar can help. Whether you have an outgoing or a shy disposition, there are skills you can develop to help you more effectively and authentically express yourself in a variety of work and life situations.

Pew Report: Two in Five American Adults Did Not Read a Book in the Past Year

Reposted with permission from the Library Research Service (LRS)

Pew Research Center recently updated a report delving into the characteristics of the quarter of American adults who say that they haven’t read a book in the past year. This includes reading all or part of a book, in any format (print, electronic, or audiobook).

Education seems to impact how often American adults read books. About 2 in 5 (37%) adults with a high school degree or less reported that they did not read a book in the past year. This makes them about five times more likely to be a non-book reader than college graduates (7%). Similarly, only about 1 in 10 (13%) of the most affluent adults reported not reading books, while over a third (36%) of adults with an annual income of $30,000 or less said the same.

Age and ethnicity also correlated with non-book reading. Nearly 2 in 5 (38%) Hispanic adults reported not reading a book in the past twelve months, compared to 1 in 5 (20%) white adults. Older adults (over 50 years old) are somewhat more likely than their younger counterparts to be non-book readers (28% and 20%, respectively).

The traits that correlate to non-book reading match those of American adults who have never been to a library, as identified by a 2016 Pew Survey. In their responses to this survey, Hispanics, older adults, less affluent adults, and those who have a high school education or less were most likely to report that they had never visited a library.

The full post can be found here.

Note: This post is part of the LRS’s series, “The LRS Number.” In this series, they highlight statistics that help tell the story of the 21st-century library.

Libraries Rock! The Importance of Music in Early Child Development

By Pamela Mejia de Rodriguez
Reposted with permission from Colorado Virtual Library

The 2018 Summer Reading theme is “Libraries Rock!” This theme gives us plenty opportunities to create full brain activities through teachable moments.

Music is considered a means of both expression and learning for children. As caregivers, parents, librarians, and teachers, we encounter young children that struggle with expressing their emotions and feelings through words. Luckily, children express themselves naturally using movement and art. As caregivers, we can help them with self-expression by creating activities that will engage the use of art, like painting, drawing, dancing, and singing.

They have everything they need!

A child’s first musical instrument is their body. Their voice, hands, feet, arms, legs, belly or other body parts can become an instrument. So even if you don’t have any instruments lying around, a child can create sound and rhythm with their body. It’s a fun and explorative way of learning about sounds, beats, and patterns.

Benefits of using music for learning:

  • Music creates and reinforces a personal bond between caregiver and child
  • Introduce the idea of rhythm and phrasing
  • Understand and enhance vocabulary
  • Increase memory skills
  • Increase listening skills
  • Improve rhythm and coordination
  • Increase fine and gross motor skills
  • Enhances and promotes creativeness and self-expression

Outside-the-library tips:

  • (Pay attention to the rhyme, pattern and time in everyday activities. The caregiver models the behavior first and the child will follow the action, using their memory skills)
  • Brushing their teeth (up and down, up and down)
  • Bouncing a ball
  • Eating food from a bowl
  • Wash dishes or clothes (You can read Mrs. Wishy-Washy!)
  • Sing a lullaby or follow simple partners with instruments
  • Bounce: Children will feel the beat in and through their body
  • Wiggle fingers or toes: Support fine motor skills and gross motor skills, connect sensation (touch) with music and a fun experience
  • Tickling of body parts like the tummy, face, and cheeks, will create sensory stimulations as well as laughter and fun
  • Fingerplay will enhance fine motor skills and create the opportunity to follow a rhythm
  • Tapping, clapping, stomping will create the opportunity to follow rhythm, beats, and patterns

To learn more about music in early childhood development, visit the following link:

Free Online Teen Services Class from Colorado State Library

The Colorado State Library has unveiled a free, self-directed online course for working with teens in your library: A Teen Walks into the Library.

In the module, learners will gain a beginning-level understanding of working with teens in the library setting, so it’s great for any staff members that work with teens.

This course of part of the Library Learning and Creation Center. If you like this self-paced tutorial, you may also want to check out these other self-paced courses:

Christine Kreger, Professional Development Consultant at the State Library, partnered with Catherine Boddie, Bridget Kiely, and Kelsey McLane, Young Adult Service Librarians from the Arapahoe Library District, to develop the teen services course.

5 Free PubMed CE Webinars

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine Training Office is offering a series of five free, online CE webinars called PubMed for Librarians. Take one or more (or all) of the classes. Follow the links to register.

PubMed for Librarians: Introduction (1.5CE)
Wednesday, June 6, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. MDT
Learn the difference between PubMed and MEDLINE. Brief introduction to MeSH, Automatic Term Mapping and Subheadings. Citation sensors.

PubMed for Librarians: MeSH (1.5CE)
Wednesday, June 13, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. MDT
Learn about the National Library of Medicine’s Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) database. Four different types of MeSH terms. We’ll investigate the structure of the MeSH database (spoiler alert…it’s a hierarchy) and look at the components of a MeSH record.

PubMed for Librarians: Automatic Term Mapping (1.5CE)
Wednesday, June 20, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. MDT
Learn how PubMed uses Automatic Term Mapping (ATM) to map your keyword searches to the controlled vocabulary of the MeSH database. Learn how ATM helps you search effectively with keywords. We will also look at the MeSH explosion feature. We will explore how to search for phrases in PubMed (spoiler alert…there’s a phrase index.)

PubMed for Librarians: Building and Refining a Search (1.5CE)
Wednesday, June 27, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. MDT
This class will focus on using some of the tools and features built into PubMed that are designed to help you search more effectively. We will look at Coordination techniques used by the Indexers. We’ll explore the Index feature to build a search. We will explore the Filters Sidebar and Topic-Specific Queries as tools for building a focused search.

PubMed for Librarians: Using PubMed’s Evidence-Based Search Features (1.5CE)
Wednesday, July 11, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. MDT
Looking for a specific type of study? This class will explore the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) used for indexing clinical studies. We’ll explore 3 PubMed features that facilitate searching for literature that supports evidence-based medicine. Explore the Clinical Queries tool that includes a Systematic Review search hedge (PubMed calls it a filter.)